Restorative Dentistry at Christopher Cooley DDS and Diane Flexsenhar DDS
Our Germantown office offers more solutions to missing teeth than dentures (though dentures are often a wonderful option). Modern restorative dentistry offers amazing, natural-looking AND functioning tooth replacement options. Below is a list of some of the more popular procedures we perform.
A dental crown can strengthen a tooth that has a significant amount of damage from decay or trauma. Dental crowns are caps that are created to fit snugly upon a patient’s reduced natural teeth. Drs. Cooley and Flexsenhar can match your crown to the color of your adjacent natural teeth, so they are indistinguishable in your smile. Most of the crowns we provide are made from porcelain, although for extra strength crowns placed in the posterior of your bite he may use zirconia, which is exceptionally durable.
Porcelain bridges comprise two or more crowns fused together as single-piece prostheses. They replace missing teeth and restore a patient’s oral function. Traditional bridges float where missing teeth once were, supported on either side by your remaining natural teeth that have been fitted with specialized crowns. We can also create implant-supported bridges that affix to dental implants. Implant support removes strain on natural teeth and provides unmatched stability and function. Let us help you determine what type of bridge is best for you!
Porcelain Inlays And Onlays
Porcelain inlays and onlays, also known as indirect fillings, are pre-formed fillings made from tooth-colored material. Whether you receive an inlay or an onlay depends upon the amount of tooth structure you have lost due to a cavity or trauma. An inlay fits within the grooves of your teeth between its cusps, while an onlay generally replaces the cusps, or highest points, of your teeth as well. Both of these restorations fit snugly within your tooth, where they are bonded in place. Because we use tooth-colored materials, your inlays and onlays look seamless within your smile.
A dental filling replaces tooth structure that has been removed because of decay. Traditionally, many dental fillings were made from silver amalgam, a type of metal. Dr. Cooley and Dr. Flexsenhar place only tooth-colored fillings because of their exceptional durability and customizable colors that blend with your natural teeth. In addition to placing tooth-colored fillings, they can remove your old amalgam fillings, clean your teeth thoroughly, and replace them with new, tooth-colored fillings.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction restores your smile after you have endured significant decay or trauma causing the loss of several or all of your teeth. We can create a full mouth reconstruction plan that works within your unique schedule and budget. Your plan may include the use of dental implants, bridges, crowns, or full-arch dentures, depending upon your needs. We will utilize the most conservative treatments available to address your needs and create the look you want.
Dentures are single-piece prostheses that restore a patient’s full upper or lower arch of teeth following tooth loss or removal. We use high-quality materials to craft dentures to the size, shape, and color that looks best for your smile. Dentures not only restore the look of your smile; they restore its function. Whether you select implant-supported or traditional dentures, you will be able to eat and speak with more confidence.
If you’ve been noticing soreness, pain, or anything else making your teeth and mouth uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule an appointment. Reach out to our office today by calling 901-754-3117 at your earliest convenience!